22nd January 2011
With a number of resident species still to see (Kingfisher, Water Rail etc) and recent movements of Pink-footed Geese over Norwich, I decided to get down to Whitlingham just after dawn. There was no sign of the Kingfisher that often frequents the river along Trowse Meadows, but I did hear some stilted bursts of song from a Cetti's Warbler for the first time this year. There were already a number of cars parked along Whitlingham Lane, but most appeared to be people getting ready to row on the river.
Walking along the edge of the Little Broad a flock of Siskin (one of several seen) flew over but didn't settle. A Great Spotted Woodpecker finally gave itself up having been heard calling throughout the month. Three Wigeon, a few Shoveler and loads of Gadwall were on the broad. The Great Broad was quiet, although over 200 Coot were crammed into the conservation area bay. Still no Snipe on the edges of the islands. A pair of Mistle Thrushes near Whitlingham Barns was a belated year tick, and a skein of Pink-footed Geese flew over heading east, a bird I missed at Whitlingham last year. Walking back from the sewage works I saw two Marsh Tits, a Treecreeper and a Coal Tit on the car park feeders. The patch list is now up to 58 for the year.